About Us

WILLIAM E. BRUNER II, M.D.

Comprehensive Ophthalmology

Cornea and Anterior Segment

Dr. William Bruner, II, was born and raised in Cleveland, and lives in the city as well.  He graduated from Hawken School and Wesleyan University in Connecticut.  After graduating from medical school at CWRU, he was an intern in general surgery then a resident in Ophthalmology at CWRU and University Hospitals of Cleveland.  Dr. Bruner completed a Fellowship in Cornea and Anterior Segment Diseases at the Wilmer Eye Institute of Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. He is a Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at CWRU and also teaches residents and medical students at the Cleveland VA Hospital. He has over 80 scientific publications to his credit including one book on corneal surgery. Bill has served on several Boards of trustees including CWRU, Hawken School, the Cleveland Eye Bank, and the Cleveland Sight Center. He is on America’s Best Doctor list and twice has been chosen clinical teacher of the year at CWRU/UH. Bill currently practices medical ophthalmology and treats non-surgical diseases of the eye including glaucoma, cataracts prior to and after surgery, macular degeneration and corneal and external diseases of the eye.  He likes to read, travel and boat.

IGOR E. ESTROVICH, M.D.

Comprehensive Ophthalmology

Glaucoma and Cataract Surgery

Dr. Igor Estrovich was born in Moscow, Russia and has been living in Cleveland from an early age. He went to Brush High School and then went on to Case Western Reserve University to earn an undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering. He stayed on at Case to earn his medical degree and then completed his ophthalmology residency at the Cole Eye Institute in Cleveland. He then completed a glaucoma surgical fellowship at the Devers Eye Institute in Portland, Oregon before returning home to Cleveland to begin his practice. Dr. Estrovich has been active in research and has published several-peer reviewed articles and book chapters relating to glaucoma and cataract surgery. He has an interest in cataract surgery, glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, eye trauma and emergencies. Dr. Estrovich is married with a young son, and enjoys cooking, traveling, painting, and playing chess.

JOE GRIFFITH, M.D.

Comprehensive Ophthalmology

Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Surgery

Dr. Joe Griffith grew up in Washington, DC. He attended college at Brown University. After graduating from the University of Miami School of Medicine, he completed an ophthalmology residency at the Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute. He furthered his training with a fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia before returning home to Cleveland. Dr. Griffith is a comprehensive ophthalmologist who takes care of patients of all ages. His areas of interest include pediatric ophthalmology, strabismus in children and adults, and cataract surgery. He is fluent in English and Spanish. He enjoys traveling, kayaking, and spending time with his wife and young son.

Ron Krasney, M.D.

Comprehensive Ophthalmology

Anterior Segment and Cataract Surgery

Dr. Krasney was born and raised in Northern Virginia before attending Yale University. After graduating from the University of Virginia School of Medicine, Dr. Krasney completed his internal medicine internship at Mt. Sinai Hospital of Cleveland. He then completed his residency training at University Hospitals of Cleveland where he continue to teach as an associate clinical professor of ophthalmology. Dr. Krasney is a comprehensive ophthalmologist with interests in cataract surgery, glaucoma, and corneal diseases, including dry eye disease. He also manages macular degeneration and diabetic eye disease. He has enthusiastically played the violin since age 5 and continues to be involved with the musical institutions of Cleveland as well as the World Doctors Orchestra. His other interests include travel, antiques, golf, fly fishing, and bicycling.

MARK D. POPHAL, M.D.

Comprehensive Ophthalmology

Cornea, Anterior Segment and Cataract Surgery

Dr. Mark Pophal was raised in Cleveland where he attended St. Ignatius High School and John Carroll University. He received his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati and completed his Ophthalmology training at St. Luke’s Medical Center. He also completed a Corneal and External disease fellowship at Tulane University in New Orleans. Dr. Pophal practices comprehensive ophthalmology and his areas of interest are cataract surgery, glaucoma, dry eyes, diabetes, and external diseases of the eye. He has led several oversea cataract mission trips to Jamaica, India and Mexico. Dr Pophal is married with three children. He coaches fast pitch softball and enjoys swimming and biking.

MICHAEL P. SHAUGHNESSY, M.D.

Comprehensive Ophthalmology

Cornea, Anterior Segment and Cataract Surgery

Dr. Michael P. Shaughnessy was born and raised on Cleveland’s West Side and attended St. Ignatius High School. He attended Miami University and then the Medical College of Ohio, now part of University of Toledo. His internship was served at Riverside Hospital in Columbus and residency at Case Western Reserve University. His Cornea fellowship took place at the University of Texas Medical Center in Dallas. He began private practice with University Ophthalmology Associates, Inc. in 2002 where he remains today. Dr. Shaughnessy is a Comprehensive ophthalmologist with subspecialty training in Cornea and External Disease. He is an Associate Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at Case Western Reserve University, a Cleveland Magazine “Top Doc”, and serves on several local medical boards. His clinical practice focuses on Cataract Surgery, Dry eye, Corneal Diseases, and Comprehensive Ophthalmology; including Diabetes, Glaucoma, and Macular Degeneration. He enjoys teaching, making family time with his wife, Kathy, and their three children; as well as running, cycling, triathlons, golf, woodworking, and drawing.

THOMAS L. STEINEMANN, M.D.

Comprehensive Ophthalmology

Cornea, Anterior Segment and Cataract Surgery

Dr. Tim Steinemann is a board certified ophthalmologist in practice since 1991. His clinical interests include comprehensive ophthalmology, cataract surgery, contact lens related problems, and corneal diseases and transplantation. He is a native of Sandusky, received his medical degree at the University of Toledo and completed his residency in Kentucky. He is a clinical professor at Case Western Reserve University and the former director of the Metrohealth division of ophthalmology. He is a recipient of the of the American Academy of Ophthalmology Honor Award. He serves on the FDA ophthalmic devices panel and is a trustee at the Cleveland Sight Center. Dr. Steinemann’s testimony to Congress led to a change in federal law regarding contact lens regulation.

KATHLEEN M. ZIELINSKI, M.D.

Comprehensive Ophthalmology

Anterior Segment and Cataract Surgery

Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Surgery

Dr Kathleen Zielinski was born and raised in Sandusky, Ohio. She received her undergraduate degree from Kent State University.  She obtained her medical degree from Wright State School of Medicine and completed her Ophthalmology Residency at Case Western Reserve University of Cleveland.  She received special training in Pediatric Ophthalmology and strabismus. She is a Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at Case Western Reserve and also teaches Cleveland Clinic  ophthalmology residents at Metro Health Medical Center.  She is on ‘Cleveland’s Best Doctors’ List and serves on the professional advisory committee of the Cleveland Sight Center. She is a comprehensive ophthalmologist with special interests in cataract surgery, pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus, diplopia, and diabetes.  She resides in Solon with her husband Scott and 3 children and enjoys running, traveling,

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A BRIEF HISTORY OF OUR OPHTHALMOLOGY PRACTICE

The deep roots of our practice extend back to 1894 when William E. Bruner, MD (the grandfather of William E. Bruner, II, MD) came to Cleveland from the University of Pennsylvania Ophthalmology Residency Program in Philadelphia. He was one of the first doctors in Ohio to practice just ophthalmology (as apposed to EENT also know as Eye Ear Nose and Throat). He practiced here in Cleveland and was Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at Western Reserve School of Medicine and Lakeside Hospital. He retired from practice at the age of 90 in 1956. His Nephew, Abrahm Bruner, MD, while Chair of ophthalmology at University Hospitals in the late 1940’s admitted a young doctor to the residency program, Hiram H. Hardesty, MD. After his training, Dr. Hardesty started a solo private practice of ophthalmology in 1950. He eventually moved his practice to University Suburban Health Center when it was built. William L. Annable, MD joined Dr. Hardesty in his practice in 1979 and in 1980 they named it University Ophthalmology Associates, Inc.

William E. Bruner, II, MD joined the practice in 1981. Michael P. Shaughnessy, MD joined the group in 2002 followed by Kathleen Zielinski, MD in 2006. In 2012, Mark Pophal, MD (whose father, Charles Pophal, MD, was an ophthalmologist at Hillcrest Hospital until his death in 2002) joined our practice. Dr Mark Pophal had practiced with Edwin Eigner, MD and Arnold Mitchel, MD from 1997 to 2012. In 2014, Igor Estrovich joined the practice. Thomas (“Tim”) Steinemann, MD has been a part time doctor in the practice since 2011. In 2014, Dr. Annable retired from this practice to become the Vice President of Quality Management at University Hospitals Case Medical Center.